Project 1.27 staff talked to three churches about how they are supporting families in crisis. Thank you to Denver United Church, The Rock Church in Castle Rock and Colorado Community Church in Aurora for sharing these ideas.
A Meal Train
Churches in the area are organizing meals for families in need. Some churches provide funds for groceries, others offer to make the meals. The meals are gathered and volunteers distribute the meals to families on designated days.
Collaborate as a congregation and create small care packages to send families during this crisis. This is a simple but powerful way to get the congregation involved and show love for families.
Emergency Food Pantries
While churches remain closed on Sunday mornings, the building and people resources are still available. Ask the congregation to drive by and drop off pantry donations which other volunteers can organize for distribution. Then invite families in the community to drive by while volunteers load trunks with food and essentials
Zoom Support Groups
Zoom provides the gift of staying connected during isolation. Offer a variety of zoom gatherings and support groups throughout the week to support families. Churches are able to tailor the content to address the various needs of the community and congregation.
This is a great way to offer encouragement and support.
Personal Follow Up
While there are many things churches can do in this crisis, sometimes there is nothing better than a good old-fashioned phone call or hand written note.
Here are some additional ideas shared by Denver United Church >